What is the function of gang life in Starr’s neighborhood?

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Gang life in Garden Heights serves as a reminder of the challenges that Starr faces in growing up in this rough neighborhood. It also symbolizes everything that Starr so desperately wants to escape. Partial escape is provided by attending Williamson Prep, an upscale, majority white school across town. Although life at Williamson gives Starr a glimpse of a better life, it cannot...

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